Ant-Man had me worried. How on earth could they make him exciting? Or… MoreAnt-Man had me worried. How on earth could they make him exciting? Or just entertaining? Paul Rudd? I can't imagine him as a superhero. What I never forgot was that this is the Marvel Universe. They made Guardians of the Galaxy, something I knew little about (and I was a Marvel-ite when I was younger), a great movie with incredible characters. While DC is floundering about with the likes of Superman and have Batman in an almost endless transition, Marvel is knocking every movie they make out of the park.
The end result is a movie with plenty of faults, but that was ultimately a fun movie. The Ant-Man script seemed to be written for Rudd and, thanks to the creativity of Marvel's writers, allowed him go toe-to-toe with another hero to give him credibility. Yellow-Jacket was no slouch either. The director kept Ant-Man from having too much drag at two hours. The beginning was slow, but pertinent story and some humor kept me interested in the characters. Casting was a key to their success. Evangeline Lilly and Rudd started out a little awkward, but found their way by the end. Corey Stoll plays a good villain and Michael Pena provides his share of comedy relief.
I know Edgar Wright left a bit early, but my money says his original idea wasn't changed too massively. He's a good writer/director, and I was excited a few years ago to hear he was the initial writer/director for Ant-Man. As the writers piled up, I started to worry because that almost never ends well. Somehow Ant-Man is one of the success stories out of the usual pile of mush.
Ant-Man fought the odds and came out on top, introducing another Avenger (or two) to the fold. Definitely worth seeing.
The Railway Man is a good movie with great actors that failed to hit… MoreThe Railway Man is a good movie with great actors that failed to hit the mark. There are so many big names in The Railway Man that I expected it to be nothing but brilliant.
The biggest problem is the failed attempt to create the kind of chemistry between Kidman and Firth that the writers and/or directors were going for. It doesn't matter who is in these pivotal roles, with the script they had to work with, nobody could have made this chemistry work. If they would have spent more time with the main characters during the war, the results would have been much better. Sanada and Firth's encounter is way too short and under examined.
The Railway Man is based on a true story and, even though this movie is flawed, is impactful in many ways. The scenes between Kidman and Skarsgard's characters are masterfully done, but there wasn't time to dig any deeper into that relationship either. Ultimately they tried to do too much in this one film.
Altogether it was a pretty good movie. One that I would recommend to any friend who likes dramas. The acting is very good and it moves along nicely, even if incompletely. Worth a watch.
They didn't exactly invest a lot of money in advertising Self/less, so… MoreThey didn't exactly invest a lot of money in advertising Self/less, so I didn't know exactly what it was going to be about. It's a thriller. Both literally and figuratively. While the story is simple enough that you're going to see most of the twists ahead of time, there are a couple that you'll figure out just before it happens.
Self/less is well cast. I like when Reynolds takes serious roles. He sold me on Buried. Ben Kingsley had limited time on screen, but hey, he's Ben Kingsley. Derek Luke doesn't get a whole lot of work, but he takes advantage of the opportunities he gets.
I wouldn't say everyone needs to run out and watch Self/less. I'm just saying if you're into thrillers, this is a very good choice if you're in the mood. Worth going to theaters for, or just renting down the road if the previews don't grab you. Either way, it's worth a watch.
Going into Terminator: Genisys I had absolutely no expectations. The… MoreGoing into Terminator: Genisys I had absolutely no expectations. The trailers didn't make Genisys look good and the reviews consistently beat the movie down. I was shocked that it was as good as it was. I thought it was a worthy successor to the Terminator series, where-as the last couple were unnecessary.
The casting was horrible. Arnold was great and delivered his lines with gusto and J.K. Rowling was good in his role. The rest of the cast were OK actors, but there could have been any number of actors in their places doing the exact same job as good or better than what was chosen. Ultimately, they all played their parts well enough but they were carried by a story that I believe took the series right back into the league of the first two movies.
What did shock me was that the audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes was so bad. Nobody I've spoken with who's seen Genisys has disliked it so far, but it stands at a 66% audience score, which is horrible for a movie. I left knowing there was going to be another down the pipes because of how good this Terminator was, but if it was just my low expectations that made me like Genisys so much, maybe it's doomed to Hollywood's bin for a decade before it gets another attempt or a reboot.
Either way, I would say sci-fi fans will enjoy Terminator: Genisys and would enjoy it in theaters. Don't go breaking down the flaws in time travel. Just enjoy the movie.
Every time Pixar makes another movie, during the previews all I can… MoreEvery time Pixar makes another movie, during the previews all I can think is "there's no way this is going to be interesting." Every time I'm proven wrong. Inside Out is a very good cartoon.
The cast do their jobs just fine, and being a Lewis Black fan I enjoyed hearing him scream and yell. After seeing Bad Teacher, I knew who the voice of Sadness was right away. Smith was great.
Inside Out is a unique idea. The idea for the story was a bit strange, but it kept going and pushed me to like the characters. I didn't get as excited about them when I was leaving though. Inside Out doesn't have those unforgettable characters that most of the other Pixar movies do.
Inside Out is a very good but ultimately forgettable movie. Definitely worth seeing.
I would never argue that Ted 2 is a good movie. If you don't think its… MoreI would never argue that Ted 2 is a good movie. If you don't think its funny though, I don't know what to tell you. Ted 2 is as vulgar as you think it would be, and maybe more-so.
The casting is great. Amanda Seyfried fills the void left by Mila Kunis perfectly. It would be great to see Kunis back if there is a Ted 3 (which I'm hoping for still after seeing the second one). Jessica Barth is more hilarious in the second cuming than the original. The rest of the supporting cast did just great. Both Tom Brady and Amanda Seyfried showed they can take a joke. Seyfried took a few shots and kept right on going.
It's fortunate that Ted was so good because it allowed me to forgive MacFarlane for such a sloppy edit. Ted 2 was sort of a chain of funny scenes more than a good script. If this quality was MacFarlane's first attempt at Ted it would have failed because I wouldn't have gotten attached to the bear. I'm not sure MacFarlane was trying to get too deep with any message, but giving the script a little more thought instead of the jokes would have made Ted 2 more than a hilarious yet forgettable film.
If you're a Ted 2 fan, by all means, GO SEE IT! If you know me and understand my sense of humor, you'll also enjoy this movie.
Jurassic World is a worthy follow-up to 1993's Jurassic Park. The two… MoreJurassic World is a worthy follow-up to 1993's Jurassic Park. The two in-between, well..... Knowing there are going to be at least one more has me hoping they work a little harder on the story than the previous sequels. Seeing director Colin Trevorrow's 2012 Safety Not Guaranteed, I figured he was going to progress into a good director. When it was announced he was going to direct Jurassic World, I thought it may be too much too soon. I was wrong.
It was made easier by this fantastic cast. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard had little to no chemistry, but that didn't stop them from giving fun performances. Vincent D'Ornofrio surprised me as The Kingpin in the Daredevil (2015) series, and does a good job here. In the beginning there was a kid who kept running across the screen (Ty Simpkins) to relay how excited he was. It was getting annoying until the story moved on and he calmed down. The development of the dinosaurs got weirder as the film went on, but after a bit I was just taking it as it came. The story was in place to move things along, and I'm not going to spoil the end, but something I knew was coming was all but forgotten with all the action, then right when I realized it was going to be reintroduced, I got excited all over again.
Jurassic World is a bit long, and it's noticeable. If they could have taken it back 10-minutes or so, that would have made it more action-packed (not that there was a shortage of action) and fun. The attempt at character development in the beginning was mostly unnecessary. There's nothing unique or new in Jurassic World, but it's not a big deal. It's a summer movie and it delivered more than I expected. After being so let down by the CGI in San Andreas (and my expectations were low), Jurassic World delivers seamless CGI.
It's hard to do something completely unique after the first movie. Jurassic Park is in my collection, World won't be. That doesn't mean it's not a fun summer movie worth going to the theater to see and watch again later on DVD or a movie channel. It's entertaining.
The Cobbler continues the long fall of Adam Sandler. Of his choosing.… MoreThe Cobbler continues the long fall of Adam Sandler. Of his choosing. Sandler had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the like of Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey ( when he had his run of great movies), but continues to choose childlike movies and keeping his friends from their inevitable obscurity.
The Cobbler is well cast. It has a few little known yet entertaining actors with the least interesting story I've seen in some time. There are also a couple of big actors who are getting up there in age. It's as confused a movie as you'll see. Flat, non-funny, and unentertaining about sums it up.
Unless you're some sort of masochist or you just have to see every Adam Sandler movie, there is no need to watch The Cobbler.
Spy isn't just a funny movie, it's good. Melissa McCarthy leads a… MoreSpy isn't just a funny movie, it's good. Melissa McCarthy leads a powerhouse cast in a comedic take on CIA spies.
Every one of these actors worked so well together and with stand-out performances by supporting cast members like Jason Statham, Bobby Cannavale, and the little known Miranda Hart, Spy was over-the-top hilarious. This is easily Paul Feig, and Melissa McCarthy's best pairing, and possibly McCarthy's best movie to date.
The movie allowed McCarthy to be two take on two different personalities, which she did well. Make no mistake, I'm not saying she showed "range," just that she was the best of two different characters she does in most movies.
Honestly, if Spy could have been a touch shorter, I think it would have packed that much more punch, but that's the most I can criticize it. It's not often I see a movie and don't want to wait for it to come out on DVD to watch again. If you're a fan of McCarthy, a fan of comedies, this is a must see.
The only reason I give San Andreas a pass is because it was funny.… MoreThe only reason I give San Andreas a pass is because it was funny. This movie is so bad it had me laughing my butt off. It was like a Sci-Fi original. The CGI looked like it was from the '90's. It was really basic. Just pay attention to the grabber. It'll tell you everything you need to know in regards to the CGI you're about to see. This movie had the most stupid dialogue. You can tell these actors get paid a lot of money, because if they were offered what we make to say these lines, most of them would have walked off the set.
Dwayne Johnson could be an action movie god if he'd take the right roles. I love his charisma and would like to see him every summer, but as far as action films go with him in the lead, he's made some questionable choices. Carla Gugino keeps sticking around, and is an entertaining actress. I didn't like seeing her stoop to this, but everyone needs to work. The chemistry wasn't there between her and Johnson. With this dialogue and storyline I'm not sure anyone could have made it work. I have no earthly idea why Paul Giamatti is in San Andreas. Just like with The Amazing Spiderman, his talents are wasted in something like this.
I would say this movie can wait until it's on a movie channel or Netflix. There is no need to waste your time or money on this junker unless you're in a class about movies that were poorly done in every way. It's worth seeing because of how bad it is though.